See Charlie on Stage
Plumb graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis and went on to fly
the F-4 Phantom jet on 74 successful combat missions over North Vietnam.
On his 75th mission, with only five days before he was to return home,
Plumb was shot down, captured, tortured, and imprisoned in an 8 foot x 8
foot cell. He spent the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner Of War in
communist prison camps.
his nearly six years of captivity, Charlie Plumb distinguished himself
among his fellow prisoners as a professional in underground
communications, and served for two of those years as the Chaplain in his
Since his return home, more than 4,000 audiences in nearly every
industry have been spellbound as Captain Charlie Plumb draws
parallels between his P.O.W. experience and the challenges of everyday
life. He has shared his message to an even wider public through
appearances on Good Morning America, Nightline, Larry King Live, and The
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
One of the most sought-after achievement speakers of his time, Charlie
Plumbs presentations are as he is, sincere, straightforward, humorous,
and tailored to motivate each specific audience he encounters. His
insights on how to cope with the difficulties as well as the
opportunities in life have a positive impact on those who hear his
message, those who read his books, and those who come to know him as a
Captain Plumb's Military honors include two Purple Hearts, the Legion of
Merit, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the P.O.W. Medal.
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Charlie Plumb on Stage:
Personal applications revealed in each
spellbinding presentation include:
- The Power of Choice: In a
daily routine, or in a communist prison camp, each of us has the
choice to succeed, to fail...or to become the victim of circumstances.
- Adversity: Viewed as
opportunity and challenge, adversity encourages growth, and propels us
beyond self-imposed limits.
- Teamwork: In a world where
downsizing forces us to do more with less, we must empower the team.
"Packing parachutes" can mean the difference in survival. Yours, and
- Change: Invariably, just about
the time things feel comfortable, change hits. And whether that change
is positive or negative it can be disturbing and difficult to adjust
to. Yet, it's during those times that ones true value shows up, in
taking the risks necessary to adapt to change.
- Empowerment: Each of us has
assets we often times don't tap into until we're challenged. Whether
or not we realize it, we each have the inner strength and resources to
meet whatever business or personal challenges come our way.
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|"From the preparation to the audience
reaction, your grade was excellent. You took Rob's information
and weaved it perfectly into your talk. You gave us many
messages and words of inspiration. In each of us there are the
elements for success if we choose to use them. Our adversity in
our daily lives becomes miniscule in comparison to your experiences in
North Viet Nam. Your positive spirit in meeting your challenges
can be an example for us."
National Sales Administrator
|"I have attended and hosted many kick-off
meetings throughout my career, but never have I heard a more
compelling message. Your enthusiastic, humble delivery is superb,
and your experience and positive attitude are an inspiration to all."
|Bert E. McConnell
Intergrated Systems Solutions Corporation
"You skillfully weaved the challenges our company faces into your
personal experience and, in doing so, bolstered our resolve to do what
it takes to improve, to grow, and to prosper. Please accept my deepest
appreciation for your significant contribution to our meeting, and more
importantly, to our future."
Kevin E. Rich
Exec Vice President
Clark & Reid